The 2019 Dagger Award Nominees

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Thanks to The Rap Sheet for posting the nominees for the 2019 Dagger Awards, as announced by the British Crime Writers Association (CWA). The winners will be announced in London, England on October 24. Cong (Don’t forget to check The Poisoned Pen’s Web Store for copies of the nominated titles. https://store.poisonedpen.com)

Congratulations to all of the nominees.

CWA Gold Dagger:
 All the Hidden Truths, by Claire Askew (Hodder & Stoughton)
 The Puppet Show, by M.W. Craven: (Constable)
 What We Did, by Christobel Kent (Sphere)
 Unto Us a Son Is Given, by Donna Leon (Heinemann)
 American by Day, by Derek B Miller (Doubleday)
 A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better, by Benjamin Wood (Scribner)

CWA John Creasey (New Blood):
 All the Hidden Truths, by Claire Askew (Hodder & Stoughton)
 The Boy at the Door, by Alex Dahl (Head of Zeus)
 Scrublands, by Chris Hammer (Wildfire)
 Turn a Blind Eye, by Vicky Newham (HQ)
 Blood & Sugar, by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Mantle)
 Overkill, by Vanda Symon (Orenda)

CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction:
 All That Remains: A Life in Death, by Sue Black (Doubleday)
 An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere
by Mikita Brottman (Canongate)
 Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime
by Claire Harman (Viking)
 The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, by Kirk Wallace Johnson (Hutchinson)
 The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, by Ben Macintyre (Viking)
 The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, by Hallie Rubenhold (Doubleday)

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger:
 Give Me Your Hand, by Megan Abbott (Picador)
 Safe Houses, by Dan Fesperman (Head of Zeus)
 Killing Eve: No Tomorrow, by Luke Jennings (John Murray)
 Lives Laid Away, by Stephen Mack Jones (Soho Crime)
 To the Lions, by Holly Watt (Bloomsbury)
 Memo from Turner, by Tim Willocks (Jonathan Cape)

CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger:
 The Quaker, by Liam McIlvanney (Harper Fiction)
 Destroying Angel, by S.G. MacLean: (Quercus)
 Smoke and Ashes, by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
 The House on Half Moon Street, by Alex Reeve (Raven)
 Tombland, by C.J. Sansom: (Mantle)
 Blood & Sugar, by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Mantle)

CWA International Dagger:
 A Long Night in Paris, by Dov Alfon;
translated by Daniella Zamir (Maclehose Press)
 Weeping Waters, by Karin Brynard;
translated by Maya Fowler and Isobel Dixon (World Noir)
• The Cold Summer, by Gianrico Carofiglio;
translated by Howard Curtis (Bitter Lemon Press)
 Newcomer, by Keigo Higashino;
translated by Giles Murray (Little, Brown)
 The Root of Evil, by Håkan Nesser;
translated by Sarah Death (Mantle)
 The Forger, by Cay Rademacher;
translated by Peter Millar (Arcadia)

CWA Short Story Dagger:
 “Strangers in a Pub,” by Martin Edwards (from Ten Year Stretch, edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller; No Exit Press)
 “Death Becomes Her,” by Syd Moore (from The Strange Casebook
by Syd Moore; Point Blank Books)
 “The Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing,” by Danuta Reah (from The Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing and Other Fantastic Female Fables
by Danuta Reah [aka Danuta Kot]; Fantastic)
 “I Detest Mozart,” by Teresa Solana (from The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories, by Teresa Solana; Bitter Lemon Press)
 “Bag Man,” by Lavie Tidhar (from The Outcast Hours
edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin; Solaris)

Dagger in the Library:
 M.C. Beaton
 Mark Billingham
 John Connolly
 Kate Ellis
 C.J. Sansom
 Cath Staincliffe

Debut Dagger
(for the opening of a crime novel by an uncontracted writer):
 Wake, by Shelley Burr
 The Mourning Light, by Jerry Krause
 Hardways, by Catherine Hendricks
 The Firefly, by David Smith
 A Thin Sharp Blade, by Fran Smith

Diamond Dagger Recipient: Robert Goddard